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Discount Coupons

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I just noticed that American Express is offering coupons on a bunch of places in DC. 10-15% or $25 off at various places including Firefly, Jaleo (VA), Oyamel, Palette, and Poste. Under "Shopping" "Offers" on the Amex website.

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Nice catch. No minimum on the $25 Firefly coupon? What's up with that? Doesn't allow for alcohol either. I can only presume that this might be something where Kimpton and AMEX split the difference?

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Good Morning All!

Has anyone had any experience with those Restaurant.com certificates? Granted, the vast majority of the restaurants on their list are obscure and random, but I did notice Gerard's Place and Marcel's on there. But just like that stupid and almost worthless Entertainment Rewards program, I am leery of these "discount restaurant" programs. But I am willing to be corrected if I have the wrong impression about them.

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But just like that stupid and almost worthless Entertainment Rewards program, I am leery of these "discount restaurant" programs. But I am willing to be corrected if I have the wrong impression about them.
I can't speak about Restaurant.com, but Entertainment Rewards is a good program. I used to buy a book and get back the cost with one buy one/get one free meal at some of the restaurants in the "elegant dining section" like Tragara or Frascati in Bethesda. They used to have other semi-expensive places too. However, I haven't bought a book in a few years since the kids selling them as a fundraiser stopped coming around.

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They seem really sketchy, because you have to fork over your credit card number, and then all you have is a printout coupon to present to the restaurant. However, I've used their gift certificates at La Colline and Hee Been with no trouble at all. You just have to pay attention to the special parameters set for each certificate (e.g., dinner only, minimum of 4 diners, $ amount minimum, etc.).

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Good Morning All!

Has anyone had any experience with those Restaurant.com certificates? Granted, the vast majority of the restaurants on their list are obscure and random, but I did notice Gerard's Place and Marcel's on there. But just like that stupid and almost worthless Entertainment Rewards program, I am leery of these "discount restaurant" programs. But I am willing to be corrected if I have the wrong impression about them.

I've used one or two in the past. It is a good deal, as long as you are mindful of the restrictions. Some are only valid Mon-Thurs, some only valid if over $x is spent, others don't count alcohol towards the $x. Others may have a 1 coupon per month per person restriction.

My main problem with the program is that few restaurants I'd like to go to are covered. I kept looking for a Mykonos Grill (Rockville) coupon, but they are always out. I did get and use a couple Green Papaya (Bethesda) coupons though.

If you keep your eyes open or search the web, you can turn up discounts for Restaurant.com that will allow you to buy $25 coupons for 50-60% off of the regular $10 charge.

The do email you after you use the coupon and ask you to fill out a survey; enjoy the restaurant, been there before, would go again, would go without coupon, etc. I had no qualms about giving them my CC number; I saw it as a regular online purchase.

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As slarochelle noted, you must pay attention to the restrictions. I bought a $25 certificate for $4 (60% off promo) and when we went, I asked the server what restrictions applied and what we had to do. At meals end, the server returned with the bill & certificate and said the manager told him we couldn't use it because of what we ordered.

The manager came over and I stated that we had asked the server repeatedly about all restrictions and were told both entrees were okay. The manager said one was a 'special' and thus excluded. I said we hadn't just orderd 2 entrees only but apps, drinks and a dessert, and even suggested the manager simply charge the extra $3 the entree would have usually cost (some special :) ) but he said no and refused the certificate. We paid full price and left.

I called restaurant.com and they voided the certificate and emailed a new one for a different restaurant, which I later used with no problem.

I recommend restaurant.com (and the on-line transaction is as safe as any), just scrutinize the restrictions and double check when you get to the restaurant so there are no post-prandial surprises.

Eric

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I have used their certificates for Zpizza (Springfield) with no problems whatsoever. I got them at 60% off, so my $10 certificates cost around $2.

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I have used their certificates for Zpizza (Springfield) with no problems whatsoever. I got them at 60% off, so my $10 certificates cost around $2.

Unless you're using the new math, that's 80% off, not 60%... Not sure if you meant to say they cost $4, or if you meant to say they were 80% off.

I've noticed a number of pretty good deals, but it's never to restaurants I particularly want to go, which I guess is really the primary point behind the website. Places put up gift certificates at a discount to try and bring in the traffic that they aren't getting already. I even have two locales to choose from (I work in Raleigh, NC during the week and of course live in DC Metro during the week) and still really haven't seen anything I wanted. I keep checking back every now and then though just in case.

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Unless you're using the new math, that's 80% off, not 60%... Not sure if you meant to say they cost $4, or if you meant to say they were 80% off.

I've noticed a number of pretty good deals, but it's never to restaurants I particularly want to go, which I guess is really the primary point behind the website. Places put up gift certificates at a discount to try and bring in the traffic that they aren't getting already. I even have two locales to choose from (I work in Raleigh, NC during the week and of course live in DC Metro during the week) and still really haven't seen anything I wanted. I keep checking back every now and then though just in case.

The normal price for the certificates is already less than face value, so the math is correct. Also note they add a $1 surcharge for all transactions.

When I first discovered restaurant.com, I bought a ton (they used to even sell on ebay, often with a $1 minimum bid). Had good luck, but you had to be careful what you ordered and the choices aren't places I would normally go to.

What is the entertainment book rewards program all about?

To be honest, I think the only discount program that's worthwhile is opentable's point system. The 1,000 point bonus reservations are very easy to use and some of the restaurants are decent. The others all require too much effort as to when you can use them, what you have to order, etc.

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To be honest, I think the only discount program that's worthwhile is opentable's point system. The 1,000 point bonus reservations are very easy to use and some of the restaurants are decent.
Many of the restaurants are decent; some are wonderful -- Corduroy, Circle Bistro, Marcel's, many others. On the other hand, regarding:
I have not tried using this, but if you have an American Express card there are a few area restaurants that you can get discounts at.
-- I don't think there's a restaurant on the list (see link upthread) that I would eat at except perhaps Jaleo Crystal City, and some I would pay money to avoid (Teatro Goldoni, for a start).

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the city paper has these $50 coupons you buy for $25. (go to city paper click on Eats) highly recommend these! have some for commonwealth too.

Went looking for the Commonwealth certificate but it's not there right now (dang it, since we're going on Sat. night). Instead, they're featuring Sequoia (really?).

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Went looking for the Commonwealth certificate but it's not there right now (dang it, since we're going on Sat. night). Instead, they're featuring Sequoia (really?).

That's not advance notice enough anyway; they're not e-certificates or printable certificates. They snail-mail them to you, and it takes usually at least 2 weeks. There's a third-party processing firm that's actually running the deal; the City Paper is just branding.

A number of local TV and radio stations have identical programs on their websites, and I believe the same third-party processing vendor runs all of them.

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Not had any experience with Restaurant.com coupons but see that $25 coupons at some restaurants, apparently usually $10, are $3 with promotion code "SAVE."* Same deal through Borders Rewards Perks link to that site, by the way, though discount there is automatic.

Going to try them at KBQ, where conditions are $35 minimum tab and 18% pre-discount gratuity; therefore savings are not as great as one might first think, but 45% savings on $35 tab is still good. ($35 food + $6.30 tip + $3 cost of coupon - $25 coupon = $19.30 total cost. Don't expect you can combine coupons, so savings % would decrease with higher bills.) Doesn't seem to be exclude takeout but am not positive about that.

Perhaps also Cuba de Ayer....

* ETA: don't know when this particular deal expires but the Borders one ends 3/31.

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I've looked at Restaurant.com a few times and never found any restaurants that I really wanted to go to, at least that I was certain enough of going that I would purchase a gift certificate. Though if they are $3 for a $25 certificate, the level of certainty would not need to be as high.

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Nicaro in Silver Spring is currently offering Restaurant.com coupons. $20 for a $50 off coupon on $100 spent.

With the SAVE code it was $6 for the $50 coupon, which is a steal.

We had a lovely dinner on Sunday night, the skate and veal cheeks were especially good.

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Also, for those of us that are in singledom, that sometimes these coupons require couples at least, i.e., two entrees, etc. It's not on all of them, but some.

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I just came across the following deal from a bargain-hunting website:

Restaurant.com again 70% off their already reduced price gift certificates. Apply coupon code TASTY at checkout to knock their $25 certificates down to just $3 and the $10 certificates to only 90 cents. Offer ends 05/16/2009[saturday].

Redemption-wise, it's the standard, limit (1) redemption per use, a minimum purchase order amount, depending on the restaurant, etc... Seems like a great deal. I know some the restaurants may not be your first choice, but there's a wide-selection.

Has anyone used this service before? What are your thoughts?

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I just came across the following deal from a bargain-hunting website:

Redemption-wise, it's the standard, limit (1) redemption per use, a minimum purchase order amount, depending on the restaurant, etc... Seems like a great deal. I know some the restaurants may not be your first choice, but there's a wide-selection.

Has anyone used this service before? What are your thoughts?

Assuming you can find a place you want to eat at, and you carefully read the restrictions, they can be a good deal.

Note that the restrictions often require a $50 purchase to use a $10 certificate, only allow certificates on Sun-Thurs, etc.

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Happy 09/09/09 day! Using the code NINETY will get you 90% off these certificates. Offer expires on 09/13/09. And if you do it through your UPromise link, you might get a 2% rebate savings, if things work right (so far it hasn't for me, but I keep trying!).

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